Board of Governors Roster

Swanson Michele


Michele S. SwansonChair of the Board of Governors ('17)

Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, Michigan 

The Swanson laboratory investigates bacterial differentiation and innate immunity by exploiting as a genetic tool Legionella pneumophila, an intracellular pathogen of macrophages and amoebae.

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Martin J. Blaser ('15)

Professor of Microbiology, Frederick H. King Professor of Internal Medicine and Chair, Department of Medicine
New York University Langone Medical Center
New York, New YorkDr. Blaser investigates the role of the changing microbiome in human health and disease.

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Donald A. Bryant ('15)

Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania
Research Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana
Dr. Bryant is a microbial (eco)physiologist, who has applied genomics, genetics, biochemistry, and structural biology to study chlorophototrophs-Cyanobacteria, Chloroflexi, Chlorobi, and recently Acidobacteria-for forty years.

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Terence Dermody ('17)
Dorothy Overall Wells Professor of Pediatrics and
Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program Lamb Center for Pediatric Research
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

Dr. Dermody is a virologist with interests in viral pathogenesis and vaccine development.  Most of his research focuses on mammalian reovirus and chikungunya virus.

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Gerry Fink (’16)

Herman and Margaret Sokol Professor
Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Fink investigates the molecular biology of fungi. His current work focuses on role of sequence repeats in the organization of the fungal genome and role of fungal cell surface proteins in immune recognition.

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Stan Fields ('16)

HHMI Investigator & Professor,
Departments of Genome Sciences and Medicine,
University of Washington

Dr. Fields develops biological assays to analyze the function of proteins, often using yeast as a model for assays that can be applied to proteins from any organism. In one recent approach, his laboratory characterizes the activity of each of thousands of variants of a single protein to infer fundamental properties and to assess the effects of human genetic variation.


 Susan Gottesman ('15)

NIH Distinguished Investigator,
Laboratory of Molecular Biology,
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MarylandDr. Gottesman studies post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms in E. coli. Her lab currently is investigating the roles of small non-coding RNAs in regulatory networks, and the mechanism of regulated proteolysis of the stationary phase sigma factor RpoS.

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James M. Hughes ('15)

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Public Health (Global Health)
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Hughes’ interests include emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases at the human, animal, and ecosystem interface (One Health), and strengthening public health surveillance and laboratory capacity at the local, national, and global levels.



Steven Lindow ('14)
Professor of Plant Pathology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
Research in the Dr. Lindow's lab addresses the ecology of both pathogenic and commensal bacteria associated with plants. The contribution of various quorum sensing systems used by these bacteria as well as other adaptations that contribute to the epiphytic fitness of species that live on plant surfaces as well as to the movement and survival of bacteria within plants is addressed using molecular tools.
 Margaret McFall-Ngai

Margaret McFall-Ngai

Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The McFall-Ngai laboratory studies the impact of bacterial symbiosis on the biology of animal hosts. 

 Moran Mary Ann

Mary Ann Moran ('17)

Distinguished Professor, Department of Marine Sciences
University of Georgia
Athens, GeorgiaResearch in Dr. Moran’s laboratory focuses on roles of marine bacteria in the cycling of carbon and sulfur in the ocean, applying tools from ecological genomics, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics to address how these elements are transformed within the marine microbial food web.

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Graham C. Walker ('16)

American Cancer Society Professor, HHMI Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Dr. Walker's lab studies bacterial responses to DNA damage with a special emphasis on translesion DNA polymerases. This work has had implications for mutagenesis, antibiotic action, and cancer chemotherapy. His lab's research on the Sinorhizobium-legume symbiosis has revealed bacterial functions necessary for this bacteria-host interaction, while also offering insights into other fundamental issues such as vitamin B12 biosynthesis and RNA metabolism.